Following the 2024 General Elections, the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has just said that it would not hand up power to the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Bryan Acheampong, the Member of Parliament for Abetifi and Minister of Food and Agriculture, made this announcement.
The NDC members who dared him and others to attempt to rig the 2018 elections were especially critical of the comments. Sammy Gyamfi, the NDC’s national communications officer, responded by referring to Acheampong’s remarks as “ludicrous tantrums” in a Facebook post.
Gyamfi highlighted that no one can overthrow the will of the majority of Ghana’s voters and that sovereignty belongs to the people, not a political party. He also poked fun of Acheampong’s brief military service in the US Air Force, which lasted only two years.
According to Acheampong, the NPP has the men to go head-to-head with the opposition in the general elections of 2024 and would use all of its resources to do so.
He reiterated that the NPP will use whatever strategy to maintain power and that it was not willing to hand it over to the NDC. Gyamfi argued that, in the end, authority belonged to the people, not a guy who spent just a few months as an Airman Basic.
Some have questioned the NPP’s dedication to democracy and the rule of law in response to the comments made by Acheampong, which has drawn criticism and controversy. Additionally, the remarks imply a lack of faith in the democratic system and the will of the Ghanaian people.
The discussion makes clear the need of polite and fruitful interaction between political parties, as well as the necessity for them to uphold democracy and openness in their words and deeds. Politicians should respect public opinion and endeavor to advance the interests of all Ghanaians. In the end, the people select who should lead them.